Work in Progress: Hope is Home and the Joy in the Process

Watercolor on Archival Paper, 22″ x 30″

Here is the latest on the painting for Hope City Orlando and Hope City United.  It is such an awesome feeling when you have down on paper the image that you have been seeing in your mind for so long.  I love the process of painting, and sometimes there are those paintings that seem to flow off the brush and are just a pure joy to work on!

Work in Progress Continues for Hope is Home

www.kimminichiello.comWatercolor on Archival Paper, 22″ x 30″

Progress continues on the painting I am doing for Hope City Orlando.  The leaves, vines and tendrils are blocked in.  I’m really liking the mix of warm and cool greens and wanted to achieve a light  struck quality on some of the leaves.  The next step will be to paint the flowers and the background, the shape that symbolizes a home which is a background for the doves, and last but not least the doves themselves.

I hope my readers are enjoying the work in progress posts!  It’s a great way for me to analyze the painting on the monitor.  Many artists do the same by also looking at one’s work in the mirror.  I don’t know how it works, I guess seeing your work from a different perspective,  but areas that need modifying  become glaringly more obvious.  I always enjoy seeing work in progress from fellow artists and the thought process and methodology behind a painting.  It fascinates me.  What do you think?



Work in Progress, “Hope is Home,” for Hope City Orlando

Watercolor on Archival Paper, 22″ x 30″, 56 cm x 76 cm

I almost have all the leaves of the vines blocked in since I last posted this latest painting.  While designing this painting I chose to  incorporate vines to reflect new growth, or being rooted or grounded in a safe place or new home. Vines are also very tenacious and can survive in some of the most adverse conditions, therefore they also represent the victims of human trafficking.

Hope City Orlando, or as it’s known on Facebook as Hope City United, will make a new home and a safe place a  reality for victims of human trafficking.  If you are just checking in to my blog, I am doing this painting to be auctioned off at their fundraiser, “Hope is Home,” in September.  Their goals are to raise enough funds to provide a safe home and a three-year reintegration program for victims of human trafficking in my community of Orlando, Florida.  I am ashamed to say that Orlando is a hub for this abhorrent circumstance.  If you live in the Orlando area, please think about supporting this cause.


“Hope is Home” for Hope City Orlando

Drawing for a  Watercolor for a Special Project for Hope City Orlando

The past few months I have also been brainstorming and designing a painting that is for a special project.  I’ve been approached by Hope City Orlando to create a piece of art for their major fundraising gala in September.  Many of you may not know and, I was actually shocked myself, to learn that Orlando is considered by UNICEF to be one of the major hubs in the world for human trafficking!  Many women and children are abducted and forced into sex slavery against their will.   Not only is this shocking, it is very upsetting that this is happening in my own community.  Hope City Orlando is a non-profit that seeks to help victims who find themselves in this awful plight.  Their goal is to build a home that will be a safe haven and provide a three-year program for a healthy reintegration into mainstream life.  Through a combination of efforts including counseling, social work, legal assistance, social and personal skills training, victims will become survivors.  If you would like more information please visit their website here. If you would like to follow them on Facebook, please click here.  The “Hope is Home” cocktail charity event will be in Orlando on Oct. 2.  My painting will be auctioned to the highest bidder to raise money for this worthy cause.  If you are interested in attending the event I will be providing more details in the future.

This piece, which I’m calling “Hope is Home” for now, is all drawn ready for paint.  This was a tricky piece for me to design because this is such an unfortunate and terrible situation that so many innocent people find themselves in. However, I didn’t want it to be dark and foreboding.  I felt it needed to be up-lifting and represent the hope that will be given by Hope City Orlando to victims of human trafficking.  I have given a lot of thought to the imagery and the significance of each element in the piece which I will explain as the painting progresses.   Stay tuned for work in progress photos!

Watercolor Sketch in the South of France, Cévennes Region

Watercolor sketches on Handmade Paper

I have been on somewhat of a self-imposed exile from the internet and social media lately. I’ve been working intently on a special project I will share with everyone soon and have had a little bit of vacation time with family.

Today, I thought I would share a plein air sketch I did one summer when we lived in Paris.  We have friends that have a summer home in the Cévennes region in the South of France and we love to visit them and spend time there when we can.  They are there right now so I have been thinking of them the last few weeks.  The two sketches done vertically are views from the valley where they live.  The Cévennes area is west of Provence, more mountainous and absolutely lovely!

Stay tuned, I will share what’s been happening in the studio and will start posting works in progress of my new painting.  I hope everyone is have a great summer so far!